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Sunderland completed a league double over Newcastle United for the first time since 1966-67 with a comprehensive victory.
Fabio Borini hit the first from the penalty spot and Adam Johnson doubled the lead before half-time. Jack Colback completed the scoring in the 80th minute to secure his side's second consecutive win at St James' Park. The result stretched Sunderland's unbeaten run in the Premier League to five matches while it was Newcastle's fourth Barclays Premier League defeat in six matches.
With Loic Remy suspended, Newcastle handed a start to Shola Ameobi – partnered up front with brother Sammy in the league for the first time - while the visitors gave a debut to Liam Bridcutt.
Both sides had chances to score within a frantic first five minutes. Mathieu Debuchy flashed a shot wide for the hosts before the unmarked Marcos Alonso headed over from six yards for Sunderland.
The match continued in an end-to-end fashion until the visitors moved ahead on 19 minutes. Vurnon Anita fouled Phil Bardsley in the area and Borini thundered the resulting penalty into the top-left hand corner. Four minutes later the visiting supporters were on their feet again. Jozy Altidore's neat flick found Colback and his deflected effort deceived Tim Krul, who could only parry into the path of Johnson. The winger tapped home the rebound for his seventh goal in his last eight matches.
Sunderland were comfortable in defence and twice nearly had a third with Johnson heading wide and the impressive Altidore holding off three challengers before shooting at Krul.
Newcastle came out for the second half with more attacking intent and introduced Luuk de Jong from the bench for his debut. The home side had claims for a penalty turned down when Shola Ameobi fell under the challenge of Bridcutt in the area, before Vito Mannone saved Cheick Tiote's drive and Ameobi headed over from the resulting corner.
Johnson remained a threat at the other end for Sunderland and he almost wrapped up the match by weaving his way into the box from the right and curling his shot on to the far post. Shola Ameobi continued to pose a threat for Newcastle and had a header cleared off the line by John O'Shea as the hosts grew desperate.
That missed chance proved costly, as Colback collected Borini's pass and fired past Krul, ensuring Sunderland would end another weekend out of the relegation zone.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "It's been a tough week there's no doubt about that. We lost Cabaye and no transfer comes in, so it's been a tough week. When you lose a player of Cabaye's class you want a replacement, it didn't arrive and I have to accept that and I have to get the best out of the group.
"We didn't have Remy, that was a big loss. We created big chances but we lacked conviction and he doesn't lack that. It would have been nice to have a player to give me a boost for the second half of the season. The bottom line is the players have to find a game plan that's going to work for us.
"There's disappointment in the result and the performance. The first goal was very, very important. They got it, after that we lacked composure."
Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet: "[It is] one of the best days I have had in football, as a manager, for sure. The players deserve the credit, they go on the pitch and know how hard it is to play in a derby, the fans and the atmosphere, the pressure and you need to be strong but at the same time relaxed to play the football we want to play.
"The players are enjoying it and full credit to them, they were outstanding, we defended well and created lots of chances, and we scored at the right time, so it was a very good performance.
"Three points is the most important thing, but the way we did it, I don't know how many people were expecting this, but I have been saying for a long time we are a very difficult team to play against."
"He [Bridcutt] knows the role. If there is one player in the world that I want to play that role it is Liam. Not being able to play Lee Cattermole because he has been injured it was a relief to be able to put Liam in and I had no doubt about giving him his debut.
"The best thing for him is that we won, didn't concede, he was calm and passed the ball well and kept his shape. He is a happy boy today and I am pleased for him."
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